Thursday, 14 April 2016
Early Extrasolar Colonization II
How many inhabitable uninhabited planets are there to colonize?
How easy would it be to transport not only people but also industrial capacity across interstellar distances?
Many planets are being detected and, in more recent sf, nanotechnology helps with the second question. Contrast Poul Anderson's Harvest Of Stars with his earlier future histories. For three planets in the Technic History, see here.
I am trying to find a remembered passage in the Psychotechnic History that compares cultural differentiation, and maybe mutual incomprehensibility, between extrasolar colonies with similar processes in earlier Terrestrial history. I thought that this passage was in The Peregrine/Star Ways but so far have not found it there. Any suggestions?